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Although he was born as Paul David Hewson, the world knows him simply as Bono, singer, songwriter, and musician for the famous band U2. Among the many great guitarists in history, Bono ranks as one of the top. Not only is he an outstanding guitarist and songwriter responsible for writing the majority of the band’s music, he is an activist for issues in Africa, a venture capitalist, and businessman.
Regardless of where U2 tours, concerts are quickly sold out but now, there is a real possibility that Bono may not be able to play guitar, not just with the band, but forever.
This past November, Bono was in a very serious biking accident in New York’s Central Park. He suffered an array of injuries with the most prominent being a compound fracture of the elbow. To repair the six broken bones, surgeons worked for hours and used three metal plates and multiple screws.
When asked about his recovery and prognosis to join U2 on tour, Bono stated that the recovery period has been much harder than imagined. He added that he is not sure he will ever be able to play the guitar again. Not only is this news devastating to Bono but also millions of loyal fans throughout the world.
Earlier in September, U2’s thirteenth studio album entitled “Songs of Innocence” was released. This album was part of a special deal with Apple whereby songs on the album became available as a free download to all users of iTunes.
The 2015 tour called the “Innocence + Experience Tour” was announced last month and is scheduled to start in Vancouver Canada on May 14. The tour will continue until closing in Paris on November 11. This tour will be extremely demanding since a minimum of two shows will take place in each city along the way.
With 54-year-old Bono injured, several non-tour performances were cancelled. One of these appearances was on the Tonight Show, scheduled to last an entire week. There was also a cancellation of the “Almost Acoustic Christmas” that was to appear at KROQ-FM.
Following U2’s blog, Bono’s elbow injury, along with breaking his shoulder, hand, and bones in his face, has put him in a dire position regarding his future as a professional musician. During Bono’s writing, he admitted that not playing the guitar ever again was a very real possibility. Bono added that members of U2 reminded him that the band itself and Western civilization is not depending on him playing.
Although doctors believe Bono will make a complete recovery, the “freak accident” as Bono calls it, may have forever altered his professional life. Interestingly, earlier last year Bono told a host of a British talk show that he wore his sunglasses on stage because for more than 20 years, he has suffered from glaucoma. That coupled with the latest injuries, things do not look terribly optimistic.
For the time being, the band will follow through on their tour commitment while people around the globe send best wishes and prayers that Bono will not only recover and play the guitar again but come back even better and stronger than before.